Lawrence “Wayne” Goddard

Lawrence “Wayne” Goddard was born Dec. 4, 1955 at Kansas City’s St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital to (Earl) Kenneth and Wilma (Hughes) Goddard, and grew up in a small house in south Lee’s Summit. He passed from this life on March 29, 2022 following a lengthy illness.
Goddard attended public school K-12 in Lee’s Summit and graduated with honors. He played tennis and was a member of the battle simulation club, playing table top scenarios of World War II battles.

Goddard was preceded in death by an older brother, Mike (Kenneth Michael) Goddard, his parents and a cousin, Junior (Walter) Goddard.

Goddard is survived by his two sons, John of Columbia and James of Phoenix, Ariz., as well as his wife, Mary. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Mary Catherine Goddard; several cousins; Minnie and David Hardt, Kevin Goddard, Greg Goddard, Carol and the late Junior Goddard.

Goddard was a lifelong learner and educator, teaching computer classes to students from kindergarten through post graduate level.  He had a PHD from the University of Missouri at Columbia in Information Technology, along with other advanced degrees.  

Visitation was at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Meadors Funeral Home in Republic with a memorial service at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Gerry Pool Senior Friendship Center, the Southwest Mo Humane Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.


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